Recycle Your Old Fabric Handbags to Make Custom Vera Bradley Accessories

As great as it may be to take a brand new Vera Bradley bag out for its first night on the town, it's just as hard to part with a favorite fabric handbag.  You know when your bag has seen its better days - the handles and bottom start fraying, the fabric begins to lose its shape and color, and you're almost embarrassed to be seen in public with it.  However, if you're like me, it's too difficult to say goodbye, and instead of throwing out or donating my worn handbags (like I should), I place them in the bottom drawer of my dresser.

Vera Bradley Java Blue Accessories - Button Magnets

Problem is, now I can't get that overstuffed drawer closed!I have thought about boxing them up and putting them up in the attic.  Problem is, our attic here might as well be the Bermuda Triangle.  Once I put my old Vera Bradley bags up there, they will be good as gone. 

Lately, I have been thinking about some alternative ways to give my old handbags a new life.  I have been checking out Etsy (if you're not sure what Etsy is, it's a website for crafty individuals to sell their wares online), and I am amazed at what others have done with just a few scraps of Vera Bradley fabrics - earrings, headbands, pony tail holders, lanyards, keychains, magnets.  For example, I found the button magnets made from the Vera Bradley Java Blue fabric at Designs by Janna on Etsy. 

I'll keep you updated if I do make something, but if anyone out there has tried recycling their old bags, let me know how it went...

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